[Samba] Authentication to Secondary Domain Controller initially fails when PDC is offline
ole.traupe at tu-berlin.de
Fri Nov 20 12:20:00 UTC 2015
Thanks for the clarification, Daniel. And I like to think my users are
fast thinkers and might restart their machines eventually. But without
file and compute (Samba 4 member) servers being accessible, my
infrastructure virtually is down.
Again I ask: am I the only one having this problem? It must affect many
users of a basic Samba4 setup: two or more DCs, some Windows clients and
the eventual Linux member server - and the wish to be able to go on
holidays without worrying all the time that the
I followed Rowlands advice to have the "default realm" as the only line
in my krb5.conf. So kerberos related fails/timeouts can't be the issue
I followed another advice regarding the TTL for DNS info. I have found
no way to reduce the TTL of my SOA record, so far (if that is even
possible or helpful). So I just waited longer than the TTL of 1h, and it
didn't help for logons on my member servers.
There is one experimental hint from Rowland open to add one "NS" entry
for my second DC. But as my domain has already gone productive, I don't
feel so experimental right now.
Also there is the advice from mathias to put the clients in the
default-site, which might or might not reduce their cache hold time to
15 min (otherwise 24h) and might or might not help the issue on Win
clients. Again, this won't help on member servers, though.
Mathias, is this confirmed? Plus: Apparently, I have no "default-site"
in my DNS. I have something called
"Default-First-Site-Name._sites.my.domain.tld". Is that what you mean?
Also from Mathias, there is a - seemingly very profound - setup for
variable DNS servers (thank you for outlining this!), which is - I am
afraid - beyond my scope at the moment.
I don't want to seem unappreciative of your attempts to help. I just
can't believe that this important issue is not already taken care of.
Am 20.11.2015 um 08:44 schrieb Mueller:
> Within a real windows 2008 Domain it ist he same behaviour. Even there you need the clients to reboot.
> This feature got lost after the beta status of samba 4. I had a test environment with the first betas and it worked there without any issue. Even mapping the shares by domain
> worked: \\my.domain\share. Test this with the new versions, it will fail. (only netlogon will do).
> Would be fine samba does it better. Samba 4 ist to close building windows AD server. It would be a great step it adds his own better features.
> EDV Daniel Müller
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> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Ole Traupe [mailto:ole.traupe at tu-berlin.de]
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 19. November 2015 16:26
> An: mathias dufresne <infractory at gmail.com>
> Cc: samba <samba at lists.samba.org>
> Betreff: Re: [Samba] Authentication to Secondary Domain Controller initially fails when PDC is offline
> Ok, I see. Nevertheless, thank you very much for your effort!
> I must say that I can't actually believe that no one knows an answer to this problem. It must affect MANY people using Samba DCs. According to all the tests on the wiki, everything is working fine. Then I pull the plug on my first DC and no one can log on. And this time I waited far longer than the suggested "refresh interval" of 15 min - even longer than the value called "TTL" in the GUI of 1h. I also tried "ipconfig /flushdns" on my windows client. Does not improve the situation. Only a reboot solves the issue. But that would be no acceptable practice for Linux member servers. And it doesn't seem to help, anyway (just tried this).
> It is one of the first and most important tests for a domain to see what happens if the first DC is down. Without a working take-over, other DCs are nothing more than backup (replication) targets, and the domain is not fail-safe.
> This can't be the end of the story, right?
> Am 19.11.2015 um 14:04 schrieb mathias dufresne:
>> No idea about your main issue, I was merely answering to your last
>> question about changing SOA record.
>> Here is another view of that command:
>> samba-tool dns update <server> <zone> <name> SOA \ 'OLDnameserver
>> email serial refresh retry expire minimumttl' \ 'NEWnameserver email
>> serial refresh retry expire minimumttl'
>> I'm not too confident with DNS internals so I'm not sure if the TTL
>> you mentioned is or isn't "expire" or "minimumttl".
>> After digging a little bit it seems previous line is completely wrong,
>> neither "expire" nor "minimumttl" are "TTL".
>> This because :
>> dig -t SOA SAMBADOMAIN.TLD
>> samba.domain.tld. 1715 IN SOA DC1.samba.domain.tld. 62 900 600
>> 86400 3600
>> And from what I just read in dig "ANSWER SECTION" the second field is
>> the TTL, so 1715 in my case, which as nothing to do with "expire"
>> (86400) or "minimumtll" (3600).
>> And that makes me wondering how TTL can be less than "minimumttl"...
>> So, the short way: the command I gave do not seem to be designed to
>> help you changing TTL. Sorry : )
>> 2015-11-19 13:43 GMT+01:00 Ole Traupe <ole.traupe at tu-berlin.de
>> <mailto:ole.traupe at tu-berlin.de>>:
>> Mathias, thank you very much for your comprehensive instructions!
>> Just one question: Harry suggested that, in order to overcome the
>> below DNS related problems, the TTL would have to be adjusted
>> (lowered). However, the TTL seems to be the only time value not
>> covered by the command provided by you.
>> Is it really the TTL that is the culprit or is it rather the first
>> time value (something like "Refresh value" in english)?
>> Do you know this?
>> Am 19.11.2015 um 11:19 schrieb mathias dufresne:
>>> Hi Ole,
>>> You want to change SOA of your AD domain?
>>> Here some working command:
>>> samba-tool dns update <working DC> samba.domain.tld \
>>> samba.domain.tld SOA \
>>> 'oldSOA.samba.domain.tld. hostmaster.samba.domain.tld. 58 900 600
>>> 86400 3600' \
>>> 'newSOA.samba.domain.tld. hostmaster.saba.domain.tld. 59 900 600
>>> 86400 3600' -k yes
>>> This needs you performed some kinit before using an account able
>>> to modify this entry (by default only administrator is able to
>>> that I expect).
>>> This must be done for the two DNS zones of your domain:
>>> samba.domain.tld + _msdcs.samba.domain.tld
>>> First number of replacement record (here "59") is serial number.
>>> Replication of change seemed to work without changing that serial
>>> number but as DNS love to rely on it, changing that serial should
>>> be a good idea.
>>> Hoping this helps...
>>> 2015-11-18 16:44 GMT+01:00 Ole Traupe <ole.traupe at tu-berlin.de
>>> <mailto:ole.traupe at tu-berlin.de>>:
>>> It is DNS related.
>>> What is the best way of dealing with this?
>>> The *best way* is a HA solution for your DNS Servers, but
>>> its expensive.
>>> The DNS client (resolver) caches the srv records for 15
>>> minutes aka 900
>>> ipconfig /flushdns drops the cache. Reboot does the same.
>>> On server side you may set shorter TTL for the server
>>> records, but then
>>> you have more DNS traffic. On small netwoks (sites up to
>>> 20 clients, no
>>> wifi) I have good experience with a TTL of 180.
>>> Harry, I tried this - unsuccessfully.
>>> I have TTL settings in a) the SOA and b) the NS record of the
>>> FQDN and the _msdcs.FQDN sections in my Windows RSAT DNS
>>> console. None of these 4 entries I can change: I get
>>> something like "The Source Of Authority (SOA) cannot be
>>> updated. The record already exists."
>>> Do you have an idea how to accomplish this? Currently the
>>> setting is 1h, which is pretty long.
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